Toyota Pick-ups, Land Cruiser, and 4 Runner 1997-00

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



T100


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Fig. Lower control arm mounting bolt

  1. Remove the front wheel.
  2.  
  3. Detach the engine undercover.
  4.  
  5. Remove the torsion bar spring.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock from the lower control arm.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
  10.  
  11. Remove the strut bar from the lower control arm.
  12.  
  13. Detach the lower ball joint from the lower control arm.
  14.  
  15. Remove nut from the mounting bolt to the lower control arm and then pull out the bolt(s).
  16.  
  17. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Attach the lower control arm but Do NOT tighten yet.
  2.  
  3. Attach the lower ball joint, strut bar and stabilizer bar to the control arm.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the lower control arm bolt to 152 ft. lbs. (206 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the shock to the control arm.
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  9. Attach the torsion spring bar.
  10.  
  11. Install the engine undercover.
  12.  
  13. Install the wheel, lower the truck and tighten the lug nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
  16.  

4Runner


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Fig. Lower control arm camber adjusting cam

  1. Remove the front wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering gear assembly.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the stabilizer bar link.
  6.  
  7. Unbolt the shock absorber from the lower control arm.
  8.  
  9. Support the upper control arm and the steering knuckle securely.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the lower ball joint.
  12.  
  13. Using a ball joint remover, disconnect the lower ball joint from the control arm.
  14.  
  15. Place matchmarks on the front and rear adjusting cams. Remove the bolts, nuts, adjusting cams and lower control arm.
  16.  
  17. Using tool SST 0992210010 or equivalent, remove the two spring bumpers.
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  19. Install in the reverse order. Tighten the spring bumpers to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm), the lower control arm to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm), and the lower ball joint nut to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm).
  20.  

Tacoma


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Fig. Lower control arm bolts

  1. Remove the front wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the shock absorber.
  4.  
  5. Compress the spring using a spring compressor, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the stabilizer bar as follows:
    1. Remove the nut and stabilizer bar link from the lower control arm.
    2.  
    3. Remove the two stabilizer bar bracket set bolts.
    4.  

  8.  
  9. Remove the lower control arm and strut bar as follows:
  10.  

Be sure to support the upper control arm and steering knuckle securely.

  1. Support the upper control arm and steering knuckle assembly.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin and nut.
  4.  
  5. Using a ball joint extractor, disconnect the lower ball joint from the lower control arm.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the lower control arm set bolt and remove the nut.
  8.  
  9. Loosen the strut bar front set bolt, then remove the nut.
  10.  
  11. Pull out the bolts and remove the lower control arm along with the strut bar.
  12.  

  1. Remove the coil spring compressor tool and coil.
  2.  
  3. Remove the nuts and strut bar from the lower control arm. Separate the nut and spring bumper.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower suspension arm No. 3.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Attach the lower suspension arm No. 3 to the vehicle. Tighten the mounting bolts to 111 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the spring bumper. Tighten the spring bumper bolts to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm) and the strut bar to the lower control arm 111 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Place each end of the coil spring and lower control arm seat in contact when applying the coil spring expander.
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  7. Install the lower control arm and strut bar as follows:
    1. Attach the strut bar front set bolt and tighten to 221 ft. lbs. (300 Nm) make sure the suspension is stabilized prior to tightening the bolt.
    2.  
    3. Install the lower control arm set bolt and nut; tighten to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm). Make sure the suspension is stabilized prior to tightening the bolt.
    4.  
    5. Install the lower ball joint with a ball joint installer tool. Install the nut and cotter pin. Tighten the nut to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
    6.  

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  9. Attach the stabilizer bar bracket set bolts; tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the stabilizer link to the lower control arm; tighten to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Remove the spring compressing tool.
  14.  
  15. Install the shock absorber.
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  17. Install the wheel, lower the truck and tighten the lug nuts.
  18.  
  19. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
  20.  

Tundra
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the right and left front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Detach the tie rod ends from the knuckle spindle assembly on each side.
  6.  
  7. Remove the power steering gear set bolts and nuts.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the stabilizer bar end links from the lower control arm.
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  11. Detach the strut from the lower control arm.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the ball joint from the lower control arm.
  14.  
  15. Matchmark the front and rear cam plates to the chassis.
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  17. Remove the bolts, and cam plates while slightly shifting the power steering gear towards the rear.
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To install:

  1. Install the lower suspension arm. Torque the bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Connect the lower ball joint to the lower control arm. Torque the nut to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Attach the strut to the lower control arm. Torque the bolts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Connect the stabilizer bar end link to the lower control arm. Torque the bolts to 51 ft. lbs. (69 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the power steering gear. Torque the bolts, as follows:

    Bolt A: 122 ft. lbs. (165 Nm)
     
    Nut B: 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm)
     
    Nut and bolt C: 122 ft. lbs. (165 Nm)
     

  10.  
  11. Install the tie rod ends.
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  13. Install the wheels.
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  15. Have the alignment checked by a qualified repair facility.
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CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT





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Fig. Lower control arm bushing



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Fig. Installing the new bushing

  1. Cut off the rubber lip on the outside of the bushing. This may require a commercially available special service tool.
  2.  
  3. Push the bushing out of the control arm.
  4.  

A press may be required to remove the bushing.

To install:

The same special service tool may be required to install the bushing.

  1. Apply soap water to the new bushing.
  2.  
  3. Install the new bushing into the control arm.
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